I need a new PC, because my old one, doesn't hold up for my use anymore. He's slow has a long loading time and crashes a lot...

I'll use it mainly for the following programmes: Maya, Nuke, Houdini, Cubase, Photoshop, Premiere, After effects, Sketchup, Remake, Zbrush, DaVince... Basically, the suites of the foundry, Autodesk, Adobe...

I don't want one with the minimum system requirements, but one that can run the above-mentioned software smoothly and can also do some simulations and render without crashing instantly.

It also should be able to output 3D, this is asked in my other question: What hardware is needed to output 3D?

My Current PC: Windows 7 8GB RAM Intel Core i7 870 @ 2.93 GHz 64bit NVIDIA GeForce GT 330

Would this be a suitable solution, or am I missing something or spending too much money on something I don't need?


My Budget is between $1500 and $2000.-

  • If you are willing to spend 5k+ USD you can get something quite beefy ;) But I guess you are on a smaller budget?
    – SEJPM
    Commented Sep 30, 2017 at 11:03
  • Yes, I'm thinking more in the range of 2K
    – Frezzley
    Commented Sep 30, 2017 at 13:50
  • Can you give some more specifics on what kind of work you're doing in these programs? To me it seems like you're being heavily GPU bottlenecked, but with a little RAM upgrade, you may be just fine.
    – JMY1000
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 16:03

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Self-built option ~= $1600 (Prices fluctuate daily)

If you're comfortable with building your own systems (It's actually quite easy) I can easily fit it top of the line components for $1594.69. Here's a PC Part Picker list that shows you where you can buy every single component. Also if you choose to tweak the build a bit more yourself, it has a compatibility filter to make sure everything fits. Specifically this build has:

  • i7-8700k overclockable processor
  • DDR4-3000 15 CAS latency Memory *(8700k supports 2666, but you can overclock it, you can buy a cheaper memory module otherwise, I would recommend the lowest timings)
  • 300GB 10000RPM HDD
  • Samsung 970 Evo 250GB M.2 SSD
  • GeForce GTX 1080 8GB

I also gave you a Titanium Certified power supply for those energy savings, and included a thermal paste recommendation -Thermal Grizzly - Kryonaut - which is one of the best ceramic thermal pastes out there.

I cannot reccomend self-building enough, as it is the most effective way to decrease cost of a PC.

Here's a link to the build in case you missed it above.

Pre-built option: ABS Battlebox Ultimate Bearcat $1,649.99 (MSRP: $1,849.99)

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Features high end components such as:

  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB
  • Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7700K
  • 16 GB DDR4
  • 2 TB HDD
  • 240 GB SSD

This monster of a computer will remain competitive for years to come with it's top of the line features. While not as great a value as self-building should absolutely smoke your old hardware out of the water.


I answered a similar question here and I think this would be great for apps you are using. I didn't include the OS and an HDD/SSD since you didn't really specify. You can also reduce the price by purchasing a cheaper PC Case.

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